Would you believe that FHA does not require that all kitchen appliances be present?

The main concern regarding kitchen appliances is whether they’re ‘built-in’ or ‘slide-in.’ Built-in appliances are viewed as real property and therefore are required by FHA however; slide-in appliances say for example a slide-in stove are viewed as personal property and therefore are not commonly needed by FHA.

Regardless of built-in or slide-in; any appliances which are there must certainly be in good working order and not a threat to the safety of the house or its occupants. Furthermore, if a slide-in ‘gas’ stove isn’t present then the fuel line leading to the stove area should be capped; that is generally the same rule for ‘gas’ clothes dryers.

In regards to dishwashers, FHA commonly needs a dish-washing machine to be hooked up or at the least present when a dish-washer opening and plumbing are present and is designed for such. This item is often disregarded on ‘flip’ properties in which a kitchen appears to have been remodeled but no dish-washing machine was placed in the intended opening.

Other Things to be aware of:

Utilities to the property should be turned on in order to check the proper working order of the kitchen appliances. Further, take into account that the deficiency of appliances usually raises red flags regarding the proper working order of utilities, particularly functional electricity and secured wiring to outlets.

Another FHA prerequisite is that the kitchen area will need a working sink with sewage and potable water as well as adequate kitchen counter space for occupants in order to prepare food.

Contrary to public opinion, an operable refrigerator is not one of the FHA requirements for kitchens. Ideally the kitchen design and space should permit an area to put a functional refrigerator even though it is not a requirement. Food storage is not one of the details needed for preparing food based on FHA guidelines.

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